On board with...German
Our series of interviews and portraits of collaborators who share their travel experiences with us on the blog continues today with German.
Tell us a little about you:
Where are you from, where do you live, what’s your job at HolidayPirates. But also, what do you like most about your job?
I’m from Córdoba, Argentina. I've been living in Berlin since 2016 and am currently working as a Photo & Video editor here at HolidayPirates. My main task is to help with the content production for diverse Social Media platforms. I also do portraits and source our editors with compelling images of diverse destinations. There are two main things that I really value about my job: One is that I learn something new every day while combining my job as a photographer with my former Interactive Design studies. Second, it’s amazing to be part of a team of truly skilled and open-minded people from different backgrounds, sharing feedback and creative ideas.
My passions are related to arts, travel, food and sports, especially soccer. Exploring places I’ve never been to before and playing Ping Pong. Most recently, I started exploring the world of videography, especially playing around with drone shots.
27, that’s the number of countries you visited over the last 10 years! It’s quite impressive. Could you tell us how it all started?
Almost 10 years ago, my parents gifted me a return ticket to wherever I wanted to go when I graduated. I headed to New Zealand on a working holiday visa, a country that I always wanted to go. I told my parents that I would stay there for 3 months, but I decided to change my flight after some weeks, eventually staying for 10 months (including a quite intense 25 day trip around 5 South Asian countries). For sure, it was not always an easy time: I worked in a construction field and on farms picking all kinds of fruits; waitered in a fancy restaurant and cleaned floors and toilets in a ski resort near Queenstown.
After New Zealand, I kept travelling. As soon as I returned to Argentina, I headed out on another adventure, this time to Australia. I stayed there for 11 months, again working in all sorts of work: Waitering and bartending in a Mexican restaurant; working in a Kebab shop near Melbourne; carrying people around in a Tuk-Tuk style bike and cooking meals for fishermen in a remote location of North Australia (the closest supermarket was 150 km away).
From Australia, I went to Thailand for about a month and from there I visited Europe for the first time. After those 1.5 years I returned to Argentina, only to travel around Europe again 10 months later. That’s how I ended up in Berlin.
What was the best and the worst job you did when travelling around the world?
I think that the best job is my current one. But considering that the readers will think that I’m being too dull, I will name the second best job. It was in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, where I got offered a job as a photographer in a hotel. This was a big deal for me: It was my first experience working as a photographer, and it was a great experience.
The worst… there are many on my list. But one of the worst one was when we had to work underneath a house (which was transported for about 500km), nailing it to a wooden structure. It does not sound that bad, but it was terrible when we had to start the working day down there, in really cold temperatures (about -5).
The company offers the digital nomad lifestyle to all staff, where do you plan to work from?
I love Berlin! But not in winter. My ideal scenario would be to return home (Argentina) at least once a year to visit family and friends. And visit new places along the way. For example Gran Canaria, which is much sunnier than Berlin in the winter time. I have a quite long bucket list, including: Cuba, Japan, Ireland, Greece, Morocco, Georgia and many more….
Extra - Food tips when you visit Argentina:
- Matambre a la pizza (thin cut of meat, with sauce and cheese on top - a dream)
- Lomito (sandwich with different variations)
- Empanadas of all sorts (the ones from the north are the best ones)
- Try Pizzas from Corrientes street in Buenos Aires
- Sorrentinos (the ones with 4 cheeses are the best)
- If you visit a “parrillada” go with the classics: Vacio, Matambre and Costilla
- Try all the sort of Alfajores that you can find
- The “Dulce de Leche” ice cream is a life changer ;)
Check out German's portfolio of travel images here